This is the seventh post in my series of postings on doing research in my home county of Carroll in Maryland. For the background and history of Carroll County, Maryland, please see my initial post titled “Where to Research in Carroll County, Maryland – The Carroll County Genealogical Society”.
Maryland State Archives
350 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-6400 | 1-800-235-4045
The Maryland State Archives (MSA) by law houses the colonial records for all counties. Carroll County was formed after the Revolutionary War but colonial records for the portions of Baltimore and Frederick counties that make up Carroll County may be found there. Much of this post will apply to all counties in Maryland not just Carroll.
Records relevant to Carroll County include:
- Insolvency records
- Marriages records
- Land records
- Wills and Administration records (paper) – Many wills and administration records can now be found online at Family Search. See my post Using FamilySearch to Discover Maryland Wills
- Some court records
Prior to a visit, those who wish to research Carroll County records at the MSA should go to the Maryland State Archives website listed above and select the tab called “Family Historians”. On that page find the “Guide to Government Records”, and select. Click on the link that says, “View by Agency”. In the Filter window that appears, select Carroll County in the Jurisdiction drop down list. Then click Filter.
The results are a listing of Carroll County records that have been accessioned by the MSA, whether paper, microfilm or electronic. These results are finding aids for the various record sets and provide the information the researcher needs to have the records pulled for them on-site at the Archives.
The public search room is open Tuesday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, and most Saturdays 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Please note that records will only be pulled every half hour starting at 8:45 am, with the last pull of the day at 3:45 pm. The Archives is closed on Sundays, Mondays, the first Saturday of every month, and Saturdays of holiday weekends. The researcher is advised to call in advance to confirm the hours since they may change.
The Archives runs several other websites of digital images or indexes for Maryland counties, including Carroll. They include:
Archives of Maryland Online – currently provides access to over 471,000 historical documents that form the constitutional, legal, legislative, judicial, and administrative basis of Maryland’s government, including early state records and Lord Baltimore’s Receipt book.
MDLandRec.net – a digital image retrieval system for land records in Maryland. While the service is free, you must register for a username and password.
MSA Vital Records – this site contains an index to the death records for Carroll County (and other Maryland counties) from 1898 through 1944.
Additional digital databases can be found by going to www.msa.maryland.gov and under Digital Resources select Search Online Databases.